The Expectations of Society on Women

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The Expectations of Society on Women Most women have a dream of becoming the world's perfect person; pleasing everyone they come in contact with. When a woman looks in the mirror she wants to see a thin, big-chested, blonde, blue-eyed image staring right back at her. Why would anyone wish for something different? That is what society expects from women, which is far away from reality. Everyone is different, and we all should wise up and accept that, before it takes a toll on our future. Women feel they should live up to the very well known Barbie-doll-mutation-image. Wrong! I hope that women start opening up their eyes, instead of emptying out their wallets to plastic surgeons and weight loss crocks. Society is destroying many of our self-esteems. People need to realize that "inside beauty" is the one true thing that counts. Unfortunately, I have learned this the hard way. What do I mean by the hard way--people ask. Ever since I was in junior high, I have had this "Miss America image" haunting the back of my mind, just like many--ahem...most--women do. I think a big influence on my feelings about my physical appearance came from a fraction of society...school. Yes, school. Junior high both girls and boys can be very mind taunting. Friends, teachers, and boys had a huge effect on my feelings towards myself. Back when I was 13 years old, the most important regimen in my life was to impress, impress, impress. No matter what it took; sneaking out of the house before school with skimpy tops, missing the bus to finish perfecting the curls in my hair, or as stupid as staying up till 1 a.m. trying to figure out what outfit to wear the following day. If I had only went to an all girl school that had to wear uniforms daily! Moving up to high school was even a more dramatic, steeper step. "Oh my gosh, I have to look skinny for that dance coming up! I have to wear makeup to be in with the 'cool group'!" All of these insane ideas poured into my mind, confusing my personal feelings even more. I started concentrating more on my looks than on school work. My grades fell pretty hard, and my friends even noticed the change in my moods. It was embarrassing enough to show myself in school. I didn't want to leave my house, because I wanted to be alone.

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